The "Dead or Alive?" website is offering a $10 "per head" reward for any name included on its "People Alive Over 85" page whose status – dead or alive – has been out of date for more than three days. If you would like to be the first person to win $140, below are fourteen individuals – listed in chronological order by the birth date used on the "Dead or Alive?" website – it claims are alive who are actually deceased and have been for far longer than three days.
"Mother of Islam" Ruby Muhammad (1907–2011)
Diplomat Malcolm Toon (1916–2009)
► Actor R. G. Armstrong (1917–2012)
Actress Joan Fontaine (1917–2013)
Actress Ann Rutherford (1920–2012)
Actor G. D. Spradlin (1920–2011)
Politician Ted Stevens (1923–2010)
Pianist Roger Williams (1924–2011)
Albanian leader Ramiz Alia (1925–2011)
Singer Ray Price (1926–2013)
Baseball player Duke Snider (1926–2011)
Actor Craig Hill (1927–2014)
Choreographer Gerald Arpino (1928–2008)
Producer David L. Wolper (1928–2010)
Below are four additional individuals the site lists as alive who have actually passed away. They're not on the "People Alive Over 85" page, however, so I'm not sure if the $10 reward applies.
African defense minister Magnus Malan (1930-2011)
Singer Eydie Gormé (1931–2013)
John Kerr (1931-2013)
► Sierra Leonean
president Ahmed Tejan Kabbah
In the case of the "People Alive Over 85" page, somebody is definitely monitoring and updating the listings. Singer Dolores Hope was, for a long time after she died in 2011, included on the list, but she's now been removed. Actress Luise Rainer was deleted from the page immediately after her death in December 2014. In addition, new people turning 85 are frequently being added. The heading of the "People Alive Over 85" page reads, "Yes, despite some skeptical emails received, all of the following people really are alive...yes, really." And yet, a quick Google search shows they're not.
The "Instructions" page of the "Dead or Alive?" website contains the following blurb: "Keep in mind that in the last four years only one mistake has been discovered in the status of an individual listed on the site. That's the single most important and accurate piece of information included and the site is proud of that record. In the case referred to, the individual had died in obscurity and the news had not been widely disseminated."
The veracity of the above statement seems rather meaningless, I feel, considering that not just one, but at least eighteen of the listings on the site are wrong. As a webmaster myself, God knows I've experienced my share of mistakes, but I make a point to update my site as soon as I become aware of them.
If you're successful in getting any part of the reward, please let me know. I'm not asking that you split it with me, however. Just the fact that you were able to get thru to the person or persons who monitor the site will be good enough for me.
Webmaster, Noted Nonagenarians and Centenarians